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Friday, June 18, 1999 Published at 05:24 GMT 06:24 UK


World: Americas

Second Columbine arrest

Weapons used in Columbine shootings were bought at gun show

Police in Colorado have arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly helping the two teenagers who committed the Columbine High School massacre buy an assault weapon.

Philip Joseph Duran is being charged with illegally helping Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold buy one of the four weapons used in the 20 April killings.

Denver
The two teenagers went on a shooting spree at the school, shooting dead 13 people and injuring 23 others, before killing themselves.

Another man, Mark Edward Manes, a computer programmer and ex-Columbine student, has already been charged with supplying a pistol used in the massacre.


[ image: Mark Manes was arrested in May for allegedly supplying a weapon]
Mark Manes was arrested in May for allegedly supplying a weapon
Manes admitted selling the semi-automatic TEC DC-9 to the killers but his attorney said he had no knowledge of their intentions.

The move came as US Congress was debating stricter gun laws.

Late on Thursday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to ease restrictions on gun shows, allowing customers to buy weapons without having to undergo time-consuming checks.

President Clinton sharply criticised the vote from Cologne, where is taking part in the G8-summit of the leading industrialised countries.

"Instead of closing the deadly gun show loophole, the House of Representatives voted in the dead of night to let criminals keep buying guns at gun shows," Clinton said

'Gun show contact'

Duran turned himself into authorities on Thursday and was arrested on charges of providing a gun to a minor, and possessing a dangerous or illegal weapon.

The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of six and three years respectively.

Duran worked with Harris and Klebold at a pizza parlour, and authorities said he is suspected of putting the two in contact with Manes at a gun show in January.

Duran allegedly delivered part of the students' payment for the gun, and collected $125 for helping them.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's office in the Denver suburb of Golden said Duran was expected to post a $15,000 bond.



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